BSc (Hons) in Psychology & Criminology

This course is validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The combination of Psychology and Criminology offers a fascinating and complementary programme of study. Through this degree, you will be provided with: the opportunity to learn about factors influencing human experience and behaviour; an introduction to criminological theories and the nature of crime in society; and an understanding of crime and criminal behaviour from a number of different perspectives.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • UCAS Code
    • Awarded By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £9250 (Year 2 & 3 are subject to UCLan tuition fees)
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 4, 5 & 6
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Year 1: Runshaw College (Chorley Campus)*. Year 2 & 3 studied at UCLan
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      ** 3 years
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  • Overview

    In partnership with UCLAN

    During Year 1, you will build up your basic knowledge and skills in both Psychology and Criminology, which are quite distinct subjects that involved developing different, though related, skills. Psychology is an investigate science, involving practical classes and report-writing, as well as acquiring knowledge and critically examining evidence. Criminology is a social science and so you will be expected to read independently for seminars, and contribute to discussions and debates.
    Year 1 modules – studied at Runshaw College:

    • Methods and practice of Psychological Inquiry
    • Introduction to Developmental & Social Psychology
    • Introduction to Psychobiology & Cognition
    • Crime & Society
    • Key Thinkers in Criminology
    • Crime & Morality


    * Runshaw College, Chorley Campus – PR7 6AQ

    ** Year 1 will be studied at Runshaw College (Chorley Campus), Euxton Lane. Years 2 and 3 will be studied at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 80 UCAS points

    • GCSE English at Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent.

    Although not a requirement for this course, GCSE maths at Grade A*-C/ 9-4 may be a requirement for progression to some careers. Applicants who do not have GCSE maths will study GCSE maths alongside this course subject to appropriate advice and guidance.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Year 2 is assessed through coursework, MCQ and essay exams; Year 3 through coursework or essay exams and the project. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.

    Links with Professional Bodies

    The BSc (Hons) Psychology major (professional route) is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

  • Progression Pathway

    Upon completion of Year 1, you may continue to study both topics through to graduation, or to specialise in either Criminology or Psychology.

    In Years 2 and 3, what you study depends on the route you take. You can choose to stay as a Joint Honours student, studying both Psychology and Criminology or you can decide to drop one subject and continue with either a BA (Hons) in Criminology or study a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. You may also choose to study another Psychology degree offered by UCLan such as Forensic Psychology, Applied Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology or Sport Psychology.

    If you complete the ‘Professional Route’ in Psychology, you will qualify for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) – which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist (provided a minimum standard of a 2:2 honours degree is achieved). This level of recognition is required for entry to postgraduate courses for those wishing to train as professional psychologists. If you complete the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS.

  • Programme Specification

    The Programme Specification is the formal document that is Approved by the University of Central Lancashire. It sets out the key elements of the course on which Approval is based. Click below to view the Programme Specification.

    BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology Programme Specification

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.